Pitchers Lead Princeton Baseball to Strong Ivy Start

The big question coming into this baseball season was, “What are they going to do without Zak Hermans ’13 and Mike Ford ’14?” The two pitchers combined for nine wins, 87 strikeouts, and only 22 earned runs over 120 1/3 innings last season with 11 complete games between them. Hitting .320 with 38 RBI, Ford made history by becoming the first player in league history to be named Ivy League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

Pitcher Michael Fagan ’14. (Office of Athletic Communications)

Pitcher Michael Fagan ’14. (Office of Athletic Communications)

When they left, both for professional teams, it looked like Princeton’s pitching was bound to struggle. So far, that hasn’t happened.

Thanks to an influx of young talent for which virtually no adjustment period was necessary, the Tigers have jumped out to a good start in Ivy League play (4-2 after a pair of close losses at Yale Sunday). While the offense has been surprisingly productive early on, the Tigers would not have a winning record in the league without pitching.

When the Tigers mustered just three runs against Brown Saturday, the pressure was on starter Michael Fagan ’14. The veteran lived up to the challenge, allowing two runs on just four hits while fanning 11 Bears. This from a guy who was dogged by control issues for his first three seasons, to the extent that last year I argued that he shouldn’t be in the starting rotation. I take it all back. Fagan’s 3-1 record is the best on the team, and his ERA is a staunch 2.15.  Continue reading

Read PAW’s First Issue, Published on This Date in 1900

PAW’s first issue — April 7, 1900. Click on the photo to read a PDF version.

PAW’s first issue — April 7, 1900. Click on the photo to read a PDF version.

Have you ever wondered what class notes looked like when PAW began publishing in 1900? To mark PAW’s 114th birthday, we’ve scanned and posted the entire first issue, including notes that report on Booth Tarkington 1893’s latest book and the military exploits of Lt. Gordon Johnston 1896 that would later earn him the Medal of Honor.

Volume 1, Issue 1 also outlined the magazine’s mission; shared news from regional alumni dinners and campus events; updated Tiger fans with the latest baseball scores; published the first PAW memorial, for Samuel H. Pennington, Class of 1825; and included an advertisement for the Princeton Inn (now Forbes College), “A charming resort situated in the midst of the beautiful university town … University golf links adjacent.”

Click here to view the full PDF.

Maisel ’84 Exhibits ‘Ghostly Images’

MaiselThe exhibition: “History’s Shadow,” photographs of X-rays of sculptural antiquities, by David Maisel ’84.

Dates and location: April 3 through May 10, at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York City.

The artist: Maisel is a San Francisco-based photographer. His photographs, multi-media projects, and public installations are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.

The show, from the press release: “The exhibitionʼs title comes from a project of the same name, inspired by the artistʼs residency at the Getty Research Institute, during which time he re-photographed X-rays of sculptural antiquities culled from the museumʼs conservation archives. According to Maisel, ‘Historyʼs Shadow’ refers ‘both to the literal images that the X-rays create as they are re-photographed, and to the metaphorical content informed by the past from which these objects derive.’” In addition to “History’s Shadow,” the exhibition includes works from Maisel’s “Library of Dust” series, in which he photographed copper canisters containing cremated remains of patients from a psychiatric hospital.

Bernanke Speaks About Challenges of Chairing the Fed

Ben Bernanke was a tenured professor at Princeton and chaired the economics department from 1996 until September 2002, when he went on public-service leave to serve on the Federal Reserve board. Four years later, he was appointed as the Fed chairman.

Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, pictured in a 2010 visit to campus. (Denise Applewhite/Office of Communications)

Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, pictured in a 2010 visit to campus. (Denise Applewhite/Office of Communications)

“The biggest thing I’d ever run before [the Federal Reserve] was the economics department at Princeton, so there were a lot of new things to think about,” Bernanke said in a speech at McCosh 50 on April 2. While his work as department chair gave him “a lot of experience working with prima donnas,” Bernanke said that leading the Fed was filled with new challenges.

“The thing that surprised me the most about the job was how much of it involved dealing with political figures,” Bernanke said. “The Fed is independent and apolitical, that’s very true — there were no politics in our decision-making. But it’s still very important for the Fed to coordinate with and explain itself to Congress and the administration.”

Bernanke was invited to campus by the Whig-Cliosophic Society to receive the 2014 James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service. Past recipients of this award include Golda Meir (1974), Bill Clinton (2000), and Antonin Scalia (2008). Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Signs of Spring

Mahlon Lovett/Office of Communications

Mahlon Lovett/Office of Communications

Nothing says spring like a game of whiffle ball. Mahlon Lovett of the communications office captured this shot of undergrads in action in 1983, and PAW featured it on the cover of the April 20 issue that year. The names of the players were not provided, so if you can identify them, please let us know in the comments. Continue reading

Tiger of the Week: Conductor Hobart Earle ’83

Hobart Earle ’83 (Courtesy Hobart Earle)

Hobart Earle ’83 (Courtesy Hobart Earle)

Hobart Earle ’83 has conducted in concert halls around the world in a career that spans three decades. But his latest performance was a decidedly different experience: With a small collection of musicians, he led a flash-mob performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in a fish market in Odessa, Ukraine, the Black Sea port where Earle has led the city’s philharmonic orchestra since 1991. “The idea was to bring the music — and bring this uniting spirit — to the people,” he told PAW.

The ensemble, featuring strings, brass, and percussion from the Odessa Philharmonic and singers from the Odessa Opera Chorus, played and sang portions of the fourth movement, including the iconic “Ode to Joy,” for an unsuspecting and appreciative group of Saturday morning shoppers on March 22, the day after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Since then, the official video of the event (see below) has drawn more than 80,000 views on YouTube, as well as media attention ranging from a national TV program in Ukraine to WQXR, New York City’s classical music radio station. Other Ukrainian orchestras and choirs, inspired by the performance, have staged their own flash-mob renditions of Beethoven’s 9th at several of Ukraine’s major airports. Continue reading